Shortage of dehumidifiers, carpet fans after Auckland floods

Hirepool Henderson branch manager Jim Walker standing near where vacuums are usually placed in the shop.
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Hirepool Henderson branch manager Jim Walker standing near where vacuums are usually placed in the shop.

Business is flooding in for Hirepool and there was an Auckland-wide shortage of dehumidifiers, carpet fans and wet vacuums.

Hirepool general manager of sales and marketing, Gary Richardson, said all 17 of its Auckland branches were out of equipment because of the flooding.

It started with the "down pours" on Friday night and continued right through the weekend, he said.

Walker said there were usually 10 dehumidifiers in store.
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Walker said there were usually 10 dehumidifiers in store.

"Everything from pumps to wet vacs, carpet shampoos, dehumidifiers, carpet fans, all that sort of stuff, we were just completely out of across the city. We had guys driving around all day Saturday and Sunday trying to source new gear and bring it up from Hamilton."

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He said Hirepool still had a fair amount of equipment out with people trying to dry out their properties, and the "rush was enormous".

Kate Cummings and Karl Ward's property was severely flooded.
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Kate Cummings and Karl Ward's property was severely flooded.

The clean-up is ongoing in the areas worst hit by Auckland's flooding, including west Auckland's Glen Eden.

More than 90 homes in the suburb were inundated by flood waters.

Glen Eden couple Kate Cummings and Karl Ward said the flooding swept away three of their vehicles and flooded Ward's garage, damaging all his work tools inside.

Flooding ruined stock at Glen Eden's Trophy Key and Cobble store.
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Flooding ruined stock at Glen Eden's Trophy Key and Cobble store.

Two of the vehicles were uninsured.

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Cummings said the flooding had affected them financially. She said they had been struggling for the past two years and this is the "icing on the cake".

Ward said they had two vehicles towed away to start the clean-up process, but all the vehicles are write-offs.

Kevin Easterlow estimated there was over $50,000 worth of damage to his store.
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Kevin Easterlow estimated there was over $50,000 worth of damage to his store.

Cummings said they were waiting until assessors check their property to tackle the rest.

Kevin Easterlow, the owner of Trophy Key and Cobble in Glen Eden, said water built up from across the street to his shop - and then went all the way through it.

Water seeped through the floors into the downstairs of the shop, ruining stock.

"A lot of trophy parts and stuff in here are write-offs, he said.

"It's gonna be a doozy of an insurance claim."

Easterlow estimates there was over $50,000 worth of damage to the building, as well as shop stock.

"It's part of business unfortunately. You've just got to try and muck in and clean-up and keep going. Try and push on and get through it," he said.

Easterlow and his staff were currently working in the store.

"We are going through and cleaning one area of the shop and trying to get that dry," he said.

Easterlow said it would take weeks to sort through the damage, and it would be months before they were back to normal business.

 - Stuff

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